Course Title: Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: OHTH5123C

Course Title: Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Christine Andrews

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to apply enterprise OHS policies and procedures dealing with the identification and control of hazards, working safely at all times, emergency response and contributing to the maintenance of workplace safety.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PMLOHS302A Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety


1. Identify, control and report OHS and environmental hazards
2. Conduct work safely 

3. Follow incident and emergency response procedures
4. Contribute to OHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Routinely check immediate work area for hazards prior to commencing and during work
1.2 Address hazards within area of responsibility
1.3 Report hazards and incidents to designated personnel according to enterprise policies and procedures

2.1 Select, fit and use appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment
2.2 Keep all work areas clean and free from obstacles
2.3 Perform transfer while minimizing opportunities for contamination and cross infection
2.4 Maintain enterprise standards of personal hygiene
2.5 Safely store, transport and dispose of hazardous materials and dangerous goods

3.1 Identify incident and emergency situations
3.2 Report and record incident and emergency situations according to enterprise procedures
3.3 Follow incident and emergency procedures as appropriate to the nature of emergency, using emergency equipment according to enterprise procedures

4.1 Raise OHS and environmental issues with designated personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures and legislated rights and obligations of employees
4.2 Participate in OHS activities within scope of responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Tutorials, on-line worksheets, group activities

Teaching Schedule


1 13/9/11 

OHS laws - Introduction
2 20/9/11

 DUE -Assignment 1

3 4/10/11
MSDS/Chemical storage
Due-Assignment 2
4 11/10/11
PPE/Biohazards/PC2 Lab
Due-Assignment 3
5 18/10/11
Emergency procedures
Due -Assignment 4
6 25/10/11

Due -Assignment 5

7 1/11/11
8 8/11/11

Safety audit

Due -Assignment 6


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all learning outcomes in order to achieve competence.  Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each learning outcome in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Students will be assessed by written assignments and an open book exam

Assessment Tasks

Assignment 70 %
Test 30 %
A pass in both assessments tasks must be achieved

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The 40 hours allowed for this unit are allocated as follows

● Class theory -8 hours
● Practical Activities - 2 hours
● Research work / report completion-28hours
● Theory Test - 2 hour

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